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The ultimate list of must-do activities in Darwin

An aerial view of Darwin in Northern Territory

Darwin in Northern Territory is a tropical paradise waiting to be explored. From its rich WWII history to the stunning harbour, from Asian-inspired food to its football fanaticism, a world of experiences awaits you. Darwin has something to offer everyone. In this ultimate guide to things to do in Darwin, we delve into top Darwin attractions and activities that you need to bookmark for your next trip to the Top End.

Best day trips in Darwin

Experience Darwin's rich culture and history on a guided day tour

Darwin Harbour Sightseeing Cruise

If you’re looking for a quick and fun cruise around Darwin’s stunning harbour with a dose of history, the Darwin Harbour Sightseeing Cruise is your answer. Jump onboard the midday Darwin Harbour cruise where you can relax and enjoy the city views from a different perspective. Whet our appetite for knowledge with the live commentary from knowledgeable guides. Discover the city’s historic wharves, and remnants of WWII and learn about the history of the Bombing of Darwin. Have only 45 minutes but still want to make the most of it, jump onboard the Darwin Harbour Cruise & Picnic, a short cruise with a picnic at the popular Cullen Bay Beach and stunning Fannie Bay.

Tiwi By Design

tiwi art
Tiwi By Design is the perfect day tour for art enthusiasts

Immerse yourself in a day full of culture on the highly personalised Tiwi by Design day tour from Darwin. Upon arrival on Tiwi Islands, you will enjoy a typical Tiwi morning tea of damper and a cuppa while meeting the local Tiwi Island community members. Then you will visit the Patakijiyali Museum to learn about the history of the Mission days, the Tiwi creation story, and more. You will end your day with a behind-the-scenes screen printing workshop.


The half-day Mandorah tour is a lesson in WWII history

Ever wondered what‘s on the other side of the Harbour? Mandorah Jetty offers excellent fishing opportunities (BYO equipment) and there are beaches and stunning rock formations at low tide. Remnants of the WWII submarine nets are also visible at low tide at West Point, approximately a 10 minute walk along the beach. The Mandorah ferry service from Cullen Bay takes approximately 15 minutes each way.

Crab Claw Island Cruise and Seafood Buffet

Enjoy a delicious seafood buffet on Crab Claw Island

Combine the best of travel, sightseeing, and incredibly fresh seafood on this cruise from Darwin around the Cox Peninsula and into Bynoe Harbour. On the Crab Claw Island Cruise and Seafood Buffet, you will spend a few hours indulging in a delicious all-Australian seafood buffet at the Crab Claw Island Resort.

Best Darwin attractions

Indulge in local delicacies and shop to your heart's delight at the Mindil Beach Sunset Market

Mindil Beach Sunset Market

During the dry season (May-October), the Mindil Beach Sunset Market is the place to be with vendors selling a wide variety of food – from locally shucked oysters, Asian delicacies like satay sticks and laksa to tropical juices and more. Catch the incredible sunset over the Timor Sea in the company of live music by local artists. You can also shop for souvenirs, jewellery, gemstones, and goods made of crocodile leather.

Crocosaurus Cove

Crocosaurus Cove allows visitors a unique, up close and personal view of Australia’s iconic Saltwater Crocodiles

Talking about crocodiles, how about climbing into ‘Cage of Death’, Australia’s only crocodile dive where you can get up close and personal with the iconic saltwater crocodiles.

Darwin Waterfront

Darwin waterfront
Darwin Waterfront is situated in the heart of the city

Head off for a relaxing swim or some family fun in the crocodile-safe swimming areas, playgrounds, and more. The Darwin Wave Lagoon pool is a safe swimming spot for children. The wave lagoon rolls out ten different wave patterns from gentle swells to 1.2 meters high, perfect for boogie boarders. Not looking to be nudged around by waves, just grab a spot on the sun loungers under the shade and enjoy a wonderful day out.

WWII Oil Storage Tunnels

WWII Oil Storage Tunnels is a unique way to explore Darwin's history

A cool attraction for history nerds, you can visit the original WWII Oil Storage Tunnels (located close to the waterfront where the cruise ships come in) that were built to store fuel. You can walk through the tunnels and take in the history and their significance during the war.

Northern Territory Museum and Art Gallery

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The Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory (MAGNT) is the Northern Territory’s premier cultural organisation

Learn about Darwin's unique history, culture, and art through fascinating exhibits, including ancient Aboriginal artifacts and modern Australian art. Both centers are located in the same building so you can make a day out of your visit. The Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory also operates the historic Fannie Bay Gaol in Darwin. If you’re travelling with kids, make sure to head to the Discover Centre, a fun and creative space to keep the little ones engaged. Looking for some quick grub, head to Saltwater @ Bundilla to enjoy the ocean view with a hearty breakfast or brunch.

From cultural experiences to culinary treats, Darwin sure packs in a punch. Book your Darwin Day cruises and experiences and experiences with SeaLink.

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